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PTG Powerstir Dual Weld-Head FSW In High Demand For EV Manufacturing

PTG Powerstir Dual Weld-Head FSW In High Demand For EV Manufacturing

‘Tight weld-flatness tolerance’ secures multiple sales of PTG dual weld-head FSW machines to electric vehicle OEMs


Just two years after the launch of its range of Powerstir ‘dual weld-head’ Friction Stir Welding (FSW) machines, UK-based Precision Technologies Group (PTG) reports achieving double-digit sales of these specially developed FSW technologies for electric vehicle OEMs. Designed specifically for use in the volume production of automotive battery tray floor assemblies from extruded aluminium panels, the company’s dual weld-head process is aimed directly at manufacturers of skateboard chassis structures and ensures that a tight weld-flatness tolerance is achieved during battery tray floor construction.

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Witness The Future-General Motors Investor Event 2021

Witness The Future-General Motors Investor Event 2021

General Motors to Outline Plans for Decade of Growth, Doubling of Annual Revenues by 2030 with Increased Margins


General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) meets with investors today and tomorrow to detail its plans to double annual revenues by the end of the decade while growing EBIT-adjusted margins as it transitions to an all-electric future. GM has already announced plans to invest $35 billion through 2025 in all-electric and autonomous vehicles and launch more than 30 new EVs globally.

“GM’s vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion has placed us ahead of much of the competition in electrification, software-enabled services and autonomy,” said GM Chair and CEO Mary Barra. “Our early investments in these growth trends have transformed GM from automaker to platform innovator, with customers at the center. GM will use its hardware and software platforms to innovate and improve their daily experience, leading everybody on the journey to an all-electric future.”

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Our Path to an All-Electric Future- Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions, Zero Congestion

  • GM’s plan to reach leadership in EV market share in the U.S. while growing its profits from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. GM’s growth will be driven by the Ultium modular EV platform the company developed to launch a broad portfolio of highly desirable EVs using common, scalable components. The array of Ultium-powered EVs will include high-volume entries, including a Chevrolet crossover priced around $30,000, Buick crossovers, trucks from Chevrolet, GMC and HUMMER EV, as well as exquisitely crafted Cadillac EVs such as the upcoming LYRIQ and CELESTIQ.

Dual Platform Approach

  • GM’s dual platform Ultium plus Ultifi strategy to aggressively expand digital services and increase the lifetime value of its vehicles. Ultifi is an end-to-end software platform designed to unlock new vehicle experiences and connect customers’ digital lives. It will help enable the frequent and seamless delivery of software-defined features, apps and services to customers over the air.

“Our role is not just to direct our own company toward a vision of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion. It is to lead and influence others. To set the standards that others will follow. To take everybody on the journey, to a more equitable, safer, all-electric future.” says GM Chair and CEO Mary Barra.

A look inside GM’s global Innovation and Growth team and its mission to disrupt any market where it sees opportunity, and open new markets. GM is managing about 20 startups of various sizes and maturity levels, some in early phases, and others such as BrightDrop and OnStar Insurance that are launching now.

Plans for more than 50 percent of the company’s North America and China manufacturing footprint to be capable of EV production by 2030. The five-year pull ahead to 2025 of GM’s commitment to source 100 percent renewable energy for the company’s U.S. facilities.

In addition, GM is sharing the first details of Ultra Cruise, a significant next step in hands-free advanced driving-assistance technology that will be offered starting in 2023. Designed to handle 95 percent of all driving scenarios on every paved road in the U.S. and Canada over time, it will create a virtually door-to-door hands-free driving experience. Ultra Cruise is being developed to be the premier advanced driver-assistance system on the market in terms of both capability and safe operation.

SOURCE General Motors Co.

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New Morrey Volvo Cars Burnaby Offers A Unique Volvo Experience

New Morrey Volvo Cars Burnaby Offers A Unique Volvo Experience

Volvo Car Canada Ltd., a leader in automotive safety and sustainability, is proud to announce the opening of Morrey Volvo Cars Burnaby.


Following the recent opening of Volvo Cars Royal Oak in Calgary, the launch of Morrey Volvo Cars demonstrates further growth for the Volvo brand as it turns its focus to the Lower Mainland as a primary market for expansion. 

With electric vehicle sales in British Columbia increasing in 2021, the opening of Morrey Volvo Cars Burnaby will help address the consumer demand for EV’s and will better serve the growing sales and service needs of valued Volvo customers in Burnaby and its surrounding areas. 

Volvo Car Canada Ltd. is a subsidiary of Volvo Car Group of Gothenburg, Sweden. VCCL provides marketing, sales, parts, service, technology and training support to the 38 Volvo automobile retailers across Canada

“B.C. is a national leader in EV adoption, and the Lower Mainland is one of the prime markets around the country where we have been able to grow our brand,” said Matt Girgis, managing director of Volvo Car Canada Ltd. “As such, we’re excited to now offer our customers a retail location in Burnaby. Congratulations to the Morrey Auto Group and team on the opening of this address, and welcome to the Volvo Family.” 

Conveniently located on 1.5 acres on Still Creek Drive in Burnaby, the new Morrey Volvo Cars offers a unique footprint amongst luxury automotive dealerships in the surrounding area. The 15,675 square foot facility offers a full-service showroom for both new and certified by Volvo vehicle sales, 6 service bays, and is in the active planning stages of installing electric vehicle chargers throughout the property to support Volvo’s all-electric future.

By the end of 2023, Morrey Volvo Cars Burnaby is also slated for a full renovation to reflect Volvo’s design philosophy for all retail locations. Dubbed the ‘Volvo Retail Experience’ or ‘VRE’ for short, this facility design concept features both understated and modern Scandinavian design cues that reflect the company’s Swedish roots.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Volvo Car Canada and are convinced that this new retail location will provide another convenient point of sales and service in Metro Vancouver to effectively serve the needs of our existing and future customers in this growing market,” said Jason Morrey, of Morrey Volvo Cars Burnaby.

For more information, please refer to the Volvo Cars Canada media website at:
www.media.volvocars.com/ca/en-ca

SOURCE Volvo Car Canada Ltd Press Release.

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Hyundai Motor Group Partners Grab To Accelerate EV Adoption In Southeast Asia

Hyundai Motor Group Partners Grab To Accelerate EV Adoption In Southeast Asia

Hyundai Motor Group and Grab Holdings Inc. (Grab) has announced an enhancement of their ongoing strategic partnership in mobility services. The next phase of the partnership will focus on accelerating EV adoption in Southeast Asia. The Group, including Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation which are the Group’s affiliates, and Grab will further develop new pilots and initiatives that lower the barriers of entry for Grab driver and delivery-partners to adopt EVs, such as lowering the total cost of ownership and reducing range anxiety.

Survey results from initial EV pilot in Singapore found that high costs, lack of charging locations and long waiting times for charging are top barriers hindering Grab driver-partners from adopting EVs. Hence, the enhanced partnership will focus on addressing some of these barriers by piloting new EV business models such as leasing EVs with a battery-as-a-service model or car-as-a-service model, and EV financing. Both parties will also develop a joint EV roadmap to accelerate adoption in Southeast Asia. The pilot programs will start in 2021, beginning in Singapore, and expand to Indonesia and Vietnam.

As part of the roadmap development, the two parties will also conduct an EV feasibility study. The intent is to gain a deeper understanding into the gaps and barriers to wider EV ownership and adoption, then translating the findings from the study into practical ways to further develop the EV ecosystem. These insights will provide governments and ecosystem partners with ideas and best practices on how EV policies can be shaped to better address the day-to-day operational routines of ride-hailing drivers and delivery-partners. This comes at a critical time as last-mile logistics and deliveries continue to experience unprecedented growth, and EVs can play a huge role in reducing carbon emissions from vehicles.

In addition, in line with Hyundai Motor Group’s latest future strategy, both parties will explore collaboration in new business opportunities and technologies such as smart city solutions.

“Hyundai Motor Group and Grab were able to discover the possibility of EV businesses in Southeast Asia through our cooperation from 2018,” said Minsung Kim, Vice President of the Innovation Division at Hyundai Motor Group. “With Grab having the largest driver network in the region and Hyundai’s comprehensive mobility solutions, we are confident that together we can help to increase the adoption of EVs and ultimately reduce carbon emissions throughout the region. Beyond its on-going projects, the Group expects additional cooperation with Grab to be a key driver to lead the mobility market of the future in Southeast Asia.”

Russell Cohen, Group Managing Director of Operations, Grab, said: “While EVs are relatively nascent in Southeast Asia, Grab plans to play a vital role in working with partners and governments to accelerate EV adoption. As government EV policies and incentives are implemented and essential infrastructure like charging stations continue to be built, this partnership will provide insights and best practices on the usage of EVs as part of the day-to-day operations of driver and delivery-partners. For example, we’ve piloted ways to reduce driver-partners’ downtime by enabling them to swap their e-moped batteries at GrabKitchen while they wait to collect food orders. Successful EV adoption is a multi-stakeholder effort, particularly in Southeast Asia, and we’ll continue to leverage our technology and operational leadership to build a fleet for the future.”

 

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GM Will Boost EV And AV Investments To $35 Billion Through 2025

GM Will Boost EV And AV Investments To $35 Billion Through 2025

General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) will increase its EV and AV investments from 2020 through 2025 to $35 billion, representing a 75 percent increase from its initial commitment announced prior to the pandemic.

The company’s enhanced commitment will accelerate its transformative strategy to become the market leader in EVs in North America; the global leader in battery and fuel cell technology through its Ultium battery platform and HYDROTEC fuel cells; and through Cruise, be the first to safely commercialise self-driving technology at scale.

“We are investing aggressively in a comprehensive and highly-integrated plan to make sure that GM leads in all aspects of the transformation to a more sustainable future,” said GM Chair and CEO Mary Barra. “GM is targeting annual global EV sales of more than 1 million by 2025, and we are increasing our investment to scale faster because we see momentum building in the United States for electrification, along with customer demand for our product portfolio.”

GM first shared its vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion nearly four years ago. Key factors changing the landscape include strong public reaction to the GMC HUMMER EV and HUMMER EV SUV, the Cadillac LYRIQ and the Chevrolet Silverado electric pickup; GM and dealer investments in the EV customer experience; public and private investment in EV charging infrastructure; and the global policy environment.

“There is a strong and growing conviction among our employees, customers, dealers, suppliers, unions and investors, as well as policymakers, that electric vehicles and self-driving technology are the keys to a cleaner, safer world for all,” Barra said.

Today’s announcement builds on GM’s initial commitment announced in March 2020 to invest $20 billion from 2020 through 2025, including capital, engineering expenses and other development costs, to accelerate its transition to EVs and AVs. In November 2020, the company increased its planned investment over the same period to $27 billion.

GM’s additional investments and new collaborations are far-reaching and designed to create even greater competitive advantages for the company. They include:

  • Accelerating Ultium battery cell production in the United States: GM is accelerating plans to build two new battery cell manufacturing plants in the United States by mid-decade to complement the Ultium Cells LLC plants under construction in Tennessee and Ohio. Further details about these new U.S. plants, including the locations, will be announced at a later date.
  • Commercialising U.S.-made Ultium batteries and HYDROTEC fuel cells: In addition to collaborating with Honda to build two EVs using Ultium technology – one SUV for the Honda brand and one for the Acura brand – GM announced June 15 it has signed a memorandum of understanding to supply Ultium batteries and HYDROTEC fuel cells to Wabtec Corporation, which is developing the world’s first 100 percent battery-powered locomotive.
  • Expanding and accelerating the rollout of EVs for retail and fleet customers: In November 2020, GM announced it would deliver 30 new EVs by 2025 globally, with two-thirds available in North America. Through the additional investments announced today, GM will add to its North America plan new electric commercial trucks and other products that will take advantage of the creative design opportunities and flexibility enabled by the Ultium Platform.  In addition, GM will add additional U.S. assembly capacity for EV SUVs. Details will be announced at a later date.
  • Safely deploying self-driving technology at scale: Cruise, GM’s majority-owned subsidiary, recently became the first company to receive permission from regulators in California to provide a driverless AV passenger service to the public. Cruise also was recently selected as the exclusive provider of AV rideshare services to the city of Dubai and is working with Honda to begin development of an AV testing program in Japan. In addition, GM Financial will provide a multi-year, $5 billion credit facility for Cruise to scale its Cruise Origin fleet. Developed through a partnership between GM, Honda and Cruise, the Cruise Origin will be built at GM’s Factory ZERO Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center starting in early 2023.

 

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